Chopra Rahul

Ph.D. - Geophysical Sciences | University of Chicago - USA

Prof.Rahul Chopra
Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, Department of the Geophysical Sciences
Associate Professor – Environmental Sciences

Rahul Chopra received his Ph.D. from the Department of the Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago. His research interests are multidisciplinary and include the use of satellite derived remotely sensed and in-situ data to evaluate our changing environment; field based geological and environmental studies, and the use of high resolution chemical analyses instruments and data to study various earth and environmental processes. Additionally, he is also interested in developing programs, curriculum, and teaching resources in Environmental Sciences and Studies.

Much of his published work focuses on using High Resolution Multi Collector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry to carry out isotopic analyses of non-traditional stable isotopes to better understand magma dynamics and evolution. His work involves geological field work; laboratory techniques including clean laboratory techniques for the dissolution of samples, ion exchange chromatographic separation, sample and standard preparation; and the use of instruments such as Scanning Electron Microscopes and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometers.

He has extensive field experience and has carried out geological and environmental field work at Aztec Wash Pluton, Nevada; Vinalhaven Intrusive Complex, Maine; Pleasant Bay Layered Intrusion, Maine; Iceland; Bahamas; Deccan Volcanic Province in and around Pune, India; Amba Dongar Carbonatite Complex, Gujarat; Chotta Udaipur, Gujarat, India.

Rahul Chopra is also interested in using satellite derive remotely sensed data to document India’s changing environment. Some of his recent projects include a monthly database of biological, chemical, and physical parameters of the Indian Ocean over a 10 year period; documenting changes in land use and land cover in and around the Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary, Western Ghats, India; documenting spatial extent of India’s major cities over a 40 year period; mapping the geology of the Deccan Volcanic Province in and around Pune..

  • Chopra R., Richter F. M., Watson E. B., Scullard, C.R. (2012) Magnesium isotope fractionation by chemical diffusion in natural settings and in their laboratory analogues. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 88, 1-18.
  • Chopra R., Richter F.M., and Watson E.B. (2009) Magnesium isotope fractionation by chemical diffusion in natural silicate rocks. EOS Trans. AGU, 90(52), Fall Meet. Suppl.,V14B-05.
  • Gualda G. A. R, Cook D. L., Chopra R., Qin L., Anderson A. T. Jr., Rivers M. (2004) Fragmentation, Nucleation and Migration of Crystals and Bubbles in the Bishop Tuff Rhyolitic Magma. Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh: Earth Sciences, 95. 375-390.
  • Gualda G. A. R, Cook D. L., Chopra R., Qin L., Anderson A. T. Jr., Rivers M. (2003) Crystal Sinking and Bubble Rising in the Bishop Tuff Rhyolitic Magma. EOS Trans. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl.,V12A-0557.
  • Chopra R. And Singh S. (in prep) Changes in land use and land cover in and around Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary, Western Ghats, India.
  • Chopra R. (in prep) A field guide to the geology of Pune and its environs
  • Chopra R. (in prep) An Atlas of the Indian Ocean: A monthly database of physical, chemical, and biological parameters of the Indian Ocean from 2003-2013.

Rahul Chopra helped conceptualize and design an undergraduate major in Environmental Studies at FLAME University. This major emphasizes multidisciplinarity, inquiry and skill based learning. At FLAME University, he teaches the following courses:
  • Climate Change: Understanding the Science Behind the Forecast
  • Carbon Accounting, Carbon Footprint, and Greenhouse Gas Emission Management
  • Energy, Economics, and The Environment                                               
  • Field Methods in Earth and Environmental Sciences                           
  • Field Geology Course: The Deccan Volcanic Province                      
  • Mapping The City                                                                                                       
  • Introduction to Remote Sensing and GIS                                                   
  • Advanced Remote Sensing                                                                                                     
  • Sensing Our Planet: Oceans and Atmosphere                                                            
  • Environmental Geochemistry                                                                          
  • The Natural Environment of India                                                                 
  • Introduction to Earth and Environmental Sciences                                             
  • Disasters: Natural and Man-made